After the grisly massacre in Colorado no one will attend weekend showings of The Dark Knight Rises with expectations of a rollicking, uplifting, feel-good night at the movies. But even before its association with horrifying images of real-life mass murder, this final installment in the current Batman series suffered from serious deficiencies in terms of its fun factor. It’s wrong to suggest that the movie provoked the killings in its midnight Aurora premiere, but those crimes do, in a sense, expose the nihilistic darkness at the heart of the film...
I find it disturbing how many putative conservatives are revealing that they don't believe in evil. They are bending over backwards to come up with scenarios to demonstrate that Holmes MUST HAVE been mentally-ill. Always we have the problem of evil. But its more comfortable for many, even conservatives who embrace the Judeo-Christian worldview in other areas, who ought to know better, to choose to cite “mental illness” because that allows evil to be something other – not like real people at all – rather than something that each of us must face and overcome in ourselves on a daily basis.
Editors' note: this column originally appeared at the Daily Beast.
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